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    Early Beretta 92 (1975-77?)

    Hello. I知 looking for advice here. I have this older Beretta 92. It has a frame mounted safety and mag release is on the heel of the grip. I知 told that this could be a very early production model since the serial number is less than 2000. However, I called Beretta and they cannot give me any information because apparently they didn稚 start keeping archives until the mid-1980s.
    I guess I知 looking for advice as to what do I have and is it something special. Thank you very much!
    Last edited by MDpolo; 02-02-2019 at 14:47.

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    I have no clue, but it is cool. Not knowing what I'm talking about, just general interest, I personally would pay a 10-15% premium over a similar condition 92fs. Once again, I have no clue what im talking about, this is solely from a novice buyers perspective.

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    As a long time collector of the 92 series I can tell you that you have a model 92. The first generation of the series. There was an earlier version that had a step sided slide, but still a 92 no letter following.

    The Pachmayr grip is not original, and I am guessing the other side of the pistol (ejection side) had no markings. If you remove the grip, you might find it was made in Brazil. Beretta went to Brazil initially to open up a production factory there, and they brought some 92 there as demo items. I believe that those produced for sale to the public had the "B" in front of the serial number. Again, not all were made in Brazil, but I have not seen import markings on the early 92 with the blank right side.

    There were later ones imported into the USA through Berben importer, a facility of Beretta. They would not only have the import markings but the Italian export stamps on the right side.

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    Putting this in a separate post to add that yes you do have a very special pistol as not many of the early model "92" were imported and unfortunately as you found, Beretta didn't keep good records at that time.

    There were 4 versions of the original 92 that I have documented.

    1 was the first version with the step-side.
    2 was what I believe a demo version without the "B" on the serial number, no import or export markings, and no country of origin.
    3 was yours, with the "B" serial number, with no export markings, blank right side and possibly a Made in Brazil under the grip panel.
    4 was a true USA import model with importation markings on the right side of the slide, and Italian proof marks on the frame.


    Yours looks to be in great condition and to a collector is a highly desirable model. Unfortunately many people removed the original grips and installed the Pachmayr grips. Originals are near impossible to find, but not having them doesn't really hurt the value that much.

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    Just being inquisitive.
    I could find only one reference for a value for a lnib on glock talk. Between this and indykid's insight, it looks like you got yourself something special. Way cool. Looks to be the original design. Changed to conform with contact requirements. Percurser to the 92s and m9?

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    Plinker

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    Per Wikipedia, the Beretta 92 was introduced in May 1976 and production ceased in Feb 1983, although I believe the Beretta 92 was actually first unveiled in 1975. The first 7,000 or so produced were of the "step slide" design in which the slide made a distinct step-down in thickness right around the front end of the trigger guard. The last 45,000 were of the straight slide design, like yours. The Brazilian Army was the first large organization to test the Beretta 92 prototype and adopted the 92 for its military. A factory was set up in Sao Paulo, Brazil to produce Beretta 92s to fulfill a large contract for the Brazilian Army that had been placed in 1974. That factory was later sold to Taurus in 1980 after the contract expired and was used to manufacture Taurus PT92s, as well as other models based on the Beretta design.

    The "step-slide" Beretta 92s are quite rare and I believe they command a premium price. I am not sure what a straight-slide Beretta 92 would fetch.

    Here is a site that describes the evolution of the Beretta 92 series of pistols:

    Beretta Web - 92FS 15 years of evolution and success

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    Plinker

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    Hello and thank you! It does have a 釘 in front of the serial number. No other markings anywhere. I removed the grips and there are no markings there either.

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    Plinker

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    Yes. Appears to be one of the first ones after the step-side model.

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    Plinker

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    This is so interesting. Thank you!

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    I answered your PM. You do have a very special pistol there!

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